Man dies on "World's Largest Rope Swing"

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#310

Social climber
Telluride, CO
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
for once it is not the BLM but the State of Utah:

"The arch is on property owned by the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. Earlier this year, the state ruled that because of the liability presented by the dangers of the rope swing, commercial companies could no longer take paying customers to the swing. Private individuals were still allowed, however, to swing on or climb the arch."

From the KSL news story.

with condolences to family and friends
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
I'm with BVB on this one...equipment is only for back up, not jollies.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
you can't legislate stupid.













or morality
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
It has been illegal to fly like that for many years under FAA Regs. I would
have to hit the books to see how long but I would lay money it was illegal
when Susan's pic was taken. But that maneuver is downright safe compared
to gratuitous n00b-swinging. The only reason, other than the legality of it,
that would prevent me from doing it (flying under the arch, not jumping it)
would be that I respect the maintenance of the peace and quiet of the wild
places.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Can someone tell us if the victim was a famous climber?

Because I need to know whether or not to label this tragedy as:

"someone doing what they loved and pushing the limits of our sport"

or

"reckless noob doing something stupid"
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:52pm PT

Sad about the death.
Otherwise, stupid.
Ian Jewell

climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
first off, corona arch , as of right now, is NOT on BLM land.
it's on a SITLA plot, policed by , DNR i think.

but there is a land swap pending , and when that is complete, BLM will own and regulate the plot.

and they ( DNR?) recently did ban commercially guided jumps/swings off of corona , at the behest of BLM (i heard) with the land swap in mind.

regardless of land access issues, opinions, ideology, etc, bear in mind somebody's family is grieving, and like larry said, it's the second death this week in the area , so some considerate sensitivity is probably in order.



edit: oops, #310 already said all that, sorry for redundancy
chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
it's the second death this week in the area , so some considerate sensitivity is probably in order.

What? How long is the official mourning period? I'd like to make some rude comments.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
"someone doing what they loved and pushing the limits of our sport"

or

"reckless noob doing something stupid"

Exactly. H8 the elitist attitude in the face of tragedies like this. Almost as much as I hate hucking myself off things.
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Not BLM land. Was just closed to outfitters but remains open to private parties. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55750452-78/arch-swing-corona-james.html.csp

Condolences to the friends and family.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
Very sad.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
There have been too many cases to count in southern Utah of debacles resulting from the combination of a very little bit of knowledge with climbing ropes and gear.


Is there anyone out there who does these things and doesn't almost instantly proclaim that they are "expert"?
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 25, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
curious as to how experienced these guys were at rigging
condolences to the family, and friends
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Mar 25, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
Bummer, but Darwin is busy enough without asking for special attention. And it's hard to ignore the fact the whole reality/go-pro/dare/adventure thing - which gets endlessly sold as an instant-gratification media commodity - unavoidably has a body count. This sort of incident isn't merely a videos-gone-wrong or jackass copycat, it's the allure of rush conveyed without also getting across the level of skill and experience necessary to survive it.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 25, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
I think that you summed it up perfectly healyje.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
It's not sad. That was his purpose.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
I think it is sad that a 22 year old who dies by hucking himself off a rock is immediately labeled as mentally deficient...

but someone who does it over and over and over and over again and eventually dies is inspirational...
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 25, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
good point
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Mar 25, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
It only took 14 years to get partial access back to Auburn SRA after the exact same thing happened. Within 1 month of getting access back, we have had multiple highlines with grids of bolts set up across the major chasms regardless of ASRA wishes.

The good news is that land managers know the difference between slack lining, highlining, rope jumping, rope swings, and rock climbing right?

Uhh, no.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 25, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
oops!!!
Is there anyone out there who does these things and doesn't almost instantly proclaim that they are "expert"?
this seems to be true.
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